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IPEG Intellectual Property Expert Group is an IP consultancy based in Europe

The NPE (“Patent Trolls”) Minefield

Non-Practicing Entities (NPEs) and Patent Assertion Entities (PAEs), also referred to as “patent trolls”, are causing heated discussions in the intellectual property space. They are commonly described as entities whose core business model is using IP to collect licensing fees instead…

The Patent Prosecution Highway

The patent prosecution highway (PPH) is a set of initiatives for providing accelerated patent prosecution procedures by sharing information between offices that have entered into an agreement under the PPH. At present, there are a variety of PPH bi-lateral agreements…

The Impediments of the Cannots

Over the last couple of years we witnessed an increasing interest in patent assets as the IP asset class and what it means for innovation, for R&D, for IP professionals and the financial sector but also for those that treat…

There is no Wealthy Future of being an Inventor

Last week Douglas Engelbart died, 88 years old, the American who invented the computer mouse, or “X ,Y position indicator for a display system” as it was called in his 1970 patent. Like many other famous inventors he did not…

Invention harvesting

To invent means to produce or contrive something previously unknown by the use of ingenuity or imagination. An inventor is therefore someone who invents, someone who devises some new process, appliance, machine, or article. When a new product appears, the…

Value of Patents and the Endowment Effect

As research has shown, owners have an incentive to exaggerate the valuation of their property. This is true for all kind of property but is it also true for intellectual property? People are reluctant to part with their property, and…